China

Capitalism under the Red Banner: Seventy Years of the People's Republic of China

Seventy years ago, on 1 October 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed by Mao. Here we reproduce an article which originally appeared in Communist Review 8 (January 1990), published by the ICT (or IBRP as it was then) in the aftermath of the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.

Protests in HK: a talk with the 'Workers Group'

The following interview was made over internet during the month of August. Comrades from different countries – some Bad Kids of the World – made questions about the anti-extradition movement to the Workers Group, a proletarian collective based in Hong Kong. We want to understand how the mass protests relates to the broader context of class struggle in the region. The text is being published simultaneously in English, French and Portuguese.

Class Struggle in China

The role of China in the imperialist pecking order has been covered many times on our website (leftcom.org). Here we deal with China’s evolution from a largely agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse which has also created the world’s largest working class – and what comes with that is, of course, simmering class conflict.

Hong Kong: Anarchists in the Resistance to the Extradition Bill

An interview with Hong Kong anarchists involved in the movement against the new Extradition Bill. This interview was first posted by Crimethinc.

Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic - Maurice Meisner

Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic - Maurice Meisner.

Fantastic in-depth critical history of the failure of China's 'transition to socialism', analysing the degree to which it lived up to its egalitarian rhetoric as it navigated the uneasy relationships between democracy and bureaucracy, socialism and capitalism.

Tian An Men: Sanga Nokto en Pekino

Dominique Bari, konstanta korespondantino de la franca ĵurnalo l’Humanité en Ĉinio, dum la movado de la placo Tian An Men, rememorigas la hororan nokton.

Marximation

Looking at one of the less orthodox ways of marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx.

Amazon: A new business model better able to manage the contradictions of the capitalist mode of production

Amazon cardboard robot

An attempt to understand the functioning of one the world's most powerful companies using marxist categories - explaining how Amazon manages to combine the functions of productive, comercial and finance capital. The intention is, of course, to try to work out the implications for class strugle...

The original content of the communist program is the obliteration of the individual as an economic subject, rights-holder, and agent of human history (Part I)

Mikhail Okhitovich's disurbanist public home (credit: Fosco Lucarelli, Socks)

In this text, whose French translation appeared in Camatte’s book Bordiga et la Passion du Communisme and which is translated into English for the first time here, Amadeo Bordiga lays out a concrete vision of communist society as reconstructed from Marx’s fragmentary writings on the subject. Communist production, while following “a common and rational plan”, will as a joyful act constitute “its own reward”. However, to attain such a state of affairs, a revolutionary “dictatorship over consumption” will first be necessary according to Bordiga.

"Striking to Survive: Workers' Resistance [in China]" book talks, San Francisco Bay Area, 7-11 October 2018

Striking to Survive book tour

Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China addresses the question of why there are so many strikes in China today and whether they add up to a "labor movement." Against the backdrop of a recent wave of factory closures in the Pearl River Delta, this book dispels the myth that Chinese workers are "stealing American jobs" and asks how solidarity between workers on both sides of the Pacific can be built.